Cald­well Kings

Spin to Win Rodeo - - At The Barrier -

Clay Smith and Paul Eaves tied Tyler Wade and Bil­lie Jack Saebens for the av­er­age win at the Cald­well (Idaho) Night Rodeo, bank­ing one of the big­gest sin­gle pay­days avail­able to team rop­ers in late Au­gust. Smith and Eaves won $6,801 each, in­clud­ing a round-two win and short-round pay­check, while Wade and Saebens took home $6,781 a man for a sec­ond-place first-round check and the short-round fast time.

“This was our first rodeo to­gether,” Saebens, who rode his 9-year-old geld­ing Kevin, said. “Cole­man (Proc­tor) went home to help get ready for his daugh­ter they’re ex­pect­ing, and Tyler came to help me make the fi­nal push.”

Wade, who was aboard his black-and­white 17-year-old Paint geld­ing Bunny, and Saebens were third call­back and had to be 5.6 to take the lead. They didn’t have a ton of con­fi­dence in the steer they had drawn.

“We thought that steer would try more, but he didn’t go any­where,” Saebens said. “For Tyler to get out the bar­rier, he did a re­ally, re­ally great job. I missed my dally—for a while— but we fi­nally came tight in 5.1.”

“I didn’t head that good this sum­mer so I wanted to re­deem my­self and make sure I was still meant to head steers,” Wade said. “That Dixon Flow­ers pro­gram has Bil­lie on some re­ally good horses, and that gives me con­fi­dence. If I know we can be fast and he can make up some time, I am more com­fort­able tak­ing an­other swing. It makes it a lot eas­ier. I came out with no

ex­pec­ta­tions to see how it goes. I would be a lot more ner­vous about it if he had $50,000 won and we had to make up ground. We’re just kind of roping steers now.”

Kaleb Drig­gers and Ju­nior Nogueira didn’t have any luck at sec­ond call­back, but Smith and Eaves were high team with a good steer.

“We knew our steer was prob­a­bly good enough to try to win some­thing pretty good in the av­er­age,” Smith, who rode his great 9-year-old grey, Marty, said. “We are al­ways try­ing to make the best run on the steer we could. The bar­rier kind of hung my rope when­ever I left, so I had to restart. But Paul heeled him re­ally fast so that made up for that.”

Eaves, who has a new baby, LoElla, on the road with him and his wife, Amanda, for the last push of the sea­son, rode his 12-year-old geld­ing Spade. Spade has be­come Eaves’ num­ber-one since the Mis- souri heeler re­tired his sig­na­ture horse, Cadil­lac, this sum­mer. But Eaves just added an­other bul­let to his arse­nal—Big Casino—the sor­rel geld­ing 2012 World Cham­pion Heeler Jhett John­son rode and owned the last few years.

“I’m with Spade a lot more than Big Casino, and he’s a lot like him and they both can run and move their feet pretty quick,” Eaves said. “Hope­fully he takes over the num­ber-one spot shortly. I’ve hardly got­ten to ride him at all.”



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